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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B+
Fairfield is a highly rated private, Catholic university located in Fairfield, Connecticut in the New York City Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,989 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Fairfield acceptance rate is 60%. Popular majors include Finance, Nursing, and Marketing. Graduating 81% of students, Fairfield alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $55,500.
1073 N Benson Rd
Fairfield, CT 06824
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Fairfield University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Fairfield Admissions

Acceptance Rate
60%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
ACT Range
25-29
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$39,791/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$24,034/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
91%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.43 responses
52%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.48 responses
46%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.48 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    11%
  • On Campus
    89%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,989Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
188
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
11%
Varsity Athletes
12%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 41 responses
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  • White, preppy, rich
    37%
  • White, clean cut, well off, smart, athletic, fun
    27%
  • Caring, considerate
    15%
  • White, smart, rich, good looking, friendly.
    12%
  • A lot of different types of students
    2%
  • Ambitious
    2%
  • North Face and Ugg boots
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
96%
Poll
92%
of students say they don't have Greek life.50 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.85 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 40 responses
Report
  • The experience is what you make of it.
    45%
  • Boring
    13%
  • Lively
    13%
  • Spectacular
    13%
  • Home away from home
    8%
  • Wholesome
    5%
  • Underrated
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$72,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
81%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.28 responses
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Fairfield has a great sense of community within the student body. Everyone is friendly, always showing school spirit by wearing Fairfield merchandise, and overall very welcoming. With the exception of not clicking with a teacher every now and again, I've had a great experience in the classroom. Most teachers are helpful, open to answering questions, and are always available during office hours. I've been able to find clubs and activities around campus I'm passionate about which helped me make even more friends. As for the administration at Fairfield, I can't say they're great. It seems like students/guardians get many different responses from different departments for one question. Academic Advising at Fairfield should be much better than it is and registration is a nightmare that needs to be solved.
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I just finished my freshman year at Fairfield and I couldn't have made a better decision in coming here. I'm a nursing major and the program has exceeded my expectations already. Fairfield is not big, with about 4,000 undergrads, tucked away in a quiet, residential area of coastal CT. There is an adorable town that is 5 minutes away, filled with charming restaurants and a beautiful beach around the corner you can visit and even live on as a senior! The campus is gorgeous, class size is perfect (the party scene is apparent but not crazy) and everything about life in Fairfield is incredible. As a nursing major the workload is difficult, but faculty are readily available, willing to help you through everything and there is a real sense of community with your fellow students. If you are considering Fairfield for your next four years, I couldn't recommend it more. Not only will you find a great education, you'll find a home, family and lifelong friends for the next four years. STAGS UP!!
I am presently a Freshman at Fairfield University in the time of Covid. The experience is definitely what you make of it. I am in the honors college and those people are mostly kind and genuine. There are mostly snotty rich kids and you will feel judged as you are walking through campus, but once you find your core group Fairfield is a great place to be. There are many movements to increase the feeling of being accepted and there are many organizations and clubs to join to help you fit in. The campus is the most clean of those I have seen and is kept very well. There is landscaping weekly and cleaning the bathrooms by the hour. The food, even during Covid, is great and there are a lot of options. The dorms, especially Jogues, are clean new and beautiful. I recommend living in a LLC. It is a party school but you can easily focus on academics and find people with the same values. Overall, Fairfield is a great college to choose.